Harry Revel

Harry Revel (21 December 1905 – 3 November 1958) was a British-American composer of musical theatre.

Revel was born Harry Glaser in London, England; he was the son of Russian emigrants who had settled in England, Mrs. and Mrs. Jacob Glaser. Before emigrating to the United States in 1929, Glaser, using the name Revel, wrote musicals for productions in London, Paris, Copenhagen, and Vienna.

He was the second born of four children. His older brother William Revel was a dancer, his younger sister Rene was a singer, and his youngest brother Sam was a concierge in London who later became a travel agent in the United States. They were of Jewish heritage and took the last name "Revel" to honor the French soldier of that name who helped them to flee Europe.

One of Harry Revel's earliest jobs in the US was playing the piano in an "all Hawaiian" band. He wore dark make-up on his hands and face to appear Hawaiian. His mother, Queenie Revel, often sang with the band.

Once in the US, he worked on Broadway, writing the scores for Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, Meet My Sister and Are You With It? He later moved to Hollywood. He wrote scores for the films Sitting Pretty, Broadway Through a Keyhole, We're Not Dressing, She Loves Me Not, Shoot the Works, College Rhythm, Love in Bloom, Paris in the Spring, Stolen Harmony, Two for Tonight, Collegiate, Stowaway, Poor Little Rich Girl, Ali Baba Goes to Town, Wake Up and Live, You Can't Have Everything, Head Over Heels, Love and Kisses, Four Jacks and a Jill and Love Finds Andy Hardy.

Harry Revel collaborated with lyricists Mack Gordon, Mort Greene, Paul Francis Webster, Buddy Feyne and Arnold Horwitt. In 1934 he appeared in Hollywood Rhythm, a short film purporting to show the songwriting team of Mack Gordon and Harry Revel brainstorming the score for College Rhythm.

Revel co-produced and co-wrote the score (with Webster) for the 1944 Benny Fields musical Minstrel Man. The score was nominated for an Academy Award, a first for low-budget studio Producers Releasing Corporation. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 1943, but lost to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas".

He wrote themes for Les Baxter's 1947 theremin exotica album, Music Out of the Moon.

Revel died in New York. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21, 1905 (London), Died November 3, 1958 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer

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Recordings (Results 151-175 of 198 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-023707 10-in. 6/20/1938 Meet the beat of my heart Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023766 10-in. 7/1/1938 This may be the night Burt Shaw ; Willie Farmer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023769 10-in. 7/1/1938 I've got a date with a dream Burt Shaw ; Willie Farmer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-024020 10-in. 7/11/1938 I've got a date with a dream Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-024021 10-in. 7/11/1938 Could you pass in love? Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-028761 10-in. 10/28/1938 Lullaby in rhythm Vernon Geyer Electric organ solo songwriter  
Victor BS-028974 10-in. 11/17/1938 Thanks for ev'rything Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-030337 10-in. 12/1/1938 Thanks for ev'rything Clambake Seven ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-030372 10-in. 12/8/1938 Are you in the mood for mischief? Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-030726 10-in. 12/17/1938 Are you in the mood for mischief? Dick Todd Baritone vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Victor BS-032959 10-in. 3/12/1939 I never knew heaven could speak Bill Darnell ; Red Nichols Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-035010 10-in. 3/9/1939 I never knew heaven could speak Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-036060 10-in. 3/21/1939 I never knew heaven could speak Joan Crawford Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor PBS-049979 10-in. 8/5/1940 Mexican magic Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-058180 10-in. 12/18/1940 In Copacabana Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio composer  
Victor PBS-061917 10-in. 11/21/1941 Sing your worries away Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Four King Sisters Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-061931 10-in. 11/24/1941 How do you fall in love? Four King Sisters ; Rhythm Reys Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-068696 10-in. 12/22/1941 You go your way Eugenie Baird ; Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-072001 10-in. 12/27/1941 Heavenly, isn't it Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Eddie Stone Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal quartet composer  
Victor PBS-072003 10-in. 12/27/1941 When there's a breeze on Lake Louise Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-073405 10-in. 3/5/1942 When there's a breeze on Lake Louise Joan Merrill Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-073406 10-in. 3/5/1942 Heavenly, isn't it? Joan Merrill Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-073479 10-in. 3/25/1942 You go your way (And I'll go crazy) Cliff Nazarro Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D7VB-0466 10-in. 2/14/1947 You're everywhere Betty Jane Rhodes Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-Test-1170 10-in. 1/24/1933 Underneath the Harlem moon Ann Lester Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
(Results 151-175 of 198 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Revel, Harry," accessed August 13, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.

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